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Tuesday, July 09, 2024

Donald Trump says that if he returns to the White House in 2025, he will have the power to effectively cancel any federal program--or even an entire agency--by refusing to spend money appropriated by Congress.



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Trump made the extraordinary announcement on the policy section of his presidential campaign website, Agenda47. In a video, Trump says that the president has "the Constitutional power to stop unnecessary spending through what is known as Impoundment." According to Trump, if Congress appropriates money that he decides is unnecessary, he has the authority to "refuse to waste the extra funds."

Trump . . . has decided that the Impoundment Control Act is unconstitutional and has pledged to challenge it in court. Trump says he will use his self-proclaimed impoundment authority on "Day One" and order "federal agencies to identify portions of their budgets where massive savings are possible through the Impoundment Power." Trump says he will use impoundment to "crush the Deep State."

In his statement, Trump claims that "[l]eading constitutional scholars agree that impoundment is an inherent power of the president." None of those scholars are named.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2024-07-09 09:34 AM | Reply

Gee I wonder how he will use that to punish blue stated

#2 | Posted by truthhurts at 2024-07-09 09:38 AM | Reply


#3 | Posted by truthhurts at 2024-07-09 09:39 AM | Reply

New power?

All recent presidents supported the restoration of the impoundment power, including Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.

SC ruled President cannot use Impoundment to frustrate the will of congress.

#4 | Posted by oneironaut at 2024-07-09 10:12 AM | Reply

"SC ruled President cannot use Impoundment to frustrate the will of congress."

So? That was THEN. This is NOW.

Trumpy will just say it's part of his "official" duties.

So sue him to the Supremes and see how that works out. Of course it will take them years to decide to decide.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2024-07-09 12:20 PM | Reply

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#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2024-07-09 04:30 PM | Reply

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